MDA: Japan suspended Aegis Ashore plan due to local community 'sensitivities'

By Jason Sherman / June 30, 2020 at 12:01 PM
Japan's decision to halt plans for two Aegis Ashore systems is driven by concerns of local communities about the deployment of the land-based ballistic missile defense system and there are 'a number of options' to get the project back on track, according to a senior U.S. defense official. Two weeks ago, Japan's defense minister announced the project was being suspended due to technical issues and rising costs. Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill, however, said the real issue...

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